November 22, 2011 | Digital Life

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Remember the original release of (depending on your perspective) emails hacked or released by a whistleblower regarding global warming research alleged to have been tampered with? Well, now the same folks have released another 5000 emails. The new emails also contain quotes which are likely to prove embarrassing for the scientists involved.

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November 21, 2011 | News

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You know how it’s commonly said there are six degrees of separation between you and anyone else on the planet? Meaning you know a guy who knows a guy … who knows the guy (six times). It’s based on a 1967 study by psychologist Stanley Milgram. Now the NY Times says scientists at Facebook (they [...]

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November 16, 2011 | Digital Life

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Perhaps unhappy with media coverage of late, Occupy Wall St. has come out with an ad being shown on national networks (ESPN, Bloomberg, CBS Sports, Fox News and others).

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November 15, 2011 | Digital Security

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DigitalCashNews tweeted that the head of ChronoPay, an alternative payment system, was arrested in Russia, being accused of orchestrating a DDoS attack on a competitor. The tweet links to threatpost.com, but I can’t access the site at the moment. Nevertheless, it seems doubtful for people trying to establish PayPal alternatives.

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November 14, 2011 | Digital Security

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Microsoft Research has identified what it thinks may be a flaw in the system: Namely, there’s an incentive for miners not to forward Bitcoin transactions. See here for the MS paper and here for basic info on the Bitcoin protocol. Can Bitcoin survive the death of a thousand cuts?

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November 14, 2011 | Web/Software Development

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Most websites use a combination of the Apache webserver and PHP. But Nginx (pronounce “engine-x”) can be a lot faster than Apache, especially for serving static files. Combine that with using PHP-PFM, and you have a speed demon. Here’s a tutorial on how to replace your current setup with Nginx and PHP-PFM.

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November 11, 2011 | Misc

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Eleven minutes past eleven o’clock on the 11th day of the 11th month of the 11th year only rolls around once in a 100 years. So what were you doing at that time? Do you know anyone who was born on a “special” date? If you missed the special moment this year, you can try [...]

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November 10, 2011 | Digital Policy

Amazon has been in the news over the years opposing efforts by states like California and Texas to get Amazon to collect state taxes on purchases by buyers in those states. At one point, Amazon dropped affiliates living in California in order to avoid nexus in the state which might have forced it to collect [...]

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November 8, 2011 | Software and Downloads

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GeoGebra: Free Software to Learn Algebra and Geometry

GeoGebra is free Java-based software to learn and teach algebra and geometry. Installation packages are available for Windows, Linux/Ubuntu, and Mac.

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November 4, 2011 | Linux/Unix

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Mint Overtakes Ubuntu in DistroWatch

This just in: More people are checking out Mint on DistroWatch than Ubuntu. This is the first time this has happened. Normally Ubuntu reigns supreme here as the top Linux distribution that people are interested in. Note: this doesn’t mean more people are running Mint than Ubuntu. But it can presage future trends. Especially since [...]

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